Updated: May 30
Yoga is first mentioned in the Rigveda and is referred to in a number of the Upanishads. Yoga continued to develop as a systematic study and practice during the fifth and sixth centuries BCE in ancient India's ascetic and sramana movements (i.e. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 147 BC). India also known as the golden bird from history, introduced yoga to the entire world, and now when the world understands its benefits, has together decided to celebrate the International Yoga Day on the 21st of June every year. It has been observed that the history of yoga was related to the Indus Valley Civilization. Also, even Kabir, Tulsidas, and surdas mentioned yoga in their writings, it is the main part of Indian Culture.
Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word "YUJ" in verb which means to Unite or to join. Yoga is the oldest Science to develop a human being's consciousness. It is the joiner between 'Atma with Parmatma' by increasing the consciousness, meaning working Physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a human being "Collectively".
Meaning of Yoga According to different ages:
Checking the impulses of mind is Yoga
Yoga is attaining the pose
Yoga is Spiritual Kamdhenu
Knowledge about Shiva and Shakti is Yoga
According to Patanjali, asana means "Sthiram Suktiam aasanam" i.e. that position which is comfortable and steady, As previously said, asana is the path of physical and mental development, and prevention or extending from old age and diseases, which are the desired effect of yogic practices can be achieved.
There are mainly 3 types of asanas and mainly eight types of yogic practices which help a person to stay fit, and healthy and keep the diseases away from it:-
2. Relaxative asanas
3. Cultural asans
Yogic Practices are :-
4. Gomu Khasana